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It might finally be Michigan's year. After three straight disappointing finishes, two straight bowl losses and a fourth-place finish in 2017, the Wolverines came into this season with a chip on their shoulder, and it shows. Other than the season-opening loss to Notre Dame, and a close shave against Northwestern, Michigan has beaten every other team it's played by double digits.


The Wolverines beat Wisconsin, 38-13, Michigan State, 21-7, and Penn State, 42-7. They're just absolutely crushing teams. A big part of these blowouts has been the soul-crushing defense -- a defense that's so good against the pass that they have this incredible stat through nine games.  

That's right, Michigan cornerbacks have scored four touchdowns on the year and only given up two. Brandon Watson leads the team with two while Josh Metellus and Lavert Hill each have one. Hill is personally losing two touchdowns to one, but that's not the point here. As a team, it's even more impressive, considering they've played a pretty tough schedule.

And who do they play this week? Rutgers.

Under Jim Harbaugh, Michigan has beaten Rutgers three straight years by scores of 49-16, 78-0 and 35-14. Rutgers quarterback Artur Sitkowski has already thrown 15 interceptions on the season and he now has to face the best defense in the Big Ten. By the time the game is over Saturday, the Michigan cornerbacks might have an even bigger lead in touchdowns than they do right now. It's going to be a scary scene in Piscataway.


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